When it comes to high profile moves, the acquisition of delisted free agent Jordan Murdoch by Gold Coast was not one that made many headlines last year.
The former Cat joined the Suns on a three year deal after playing 108 games for Geelong and kicking 73 goals.
The 26 year-old had generally been a regular at Geelong. Playing 16 games in 2018 and 22 games the previous season. Which made his axing somewhat surprising.
Jordan Murdoch was quickly in demand with St Kilda showing strong interest. But the midfielder revealed on radio his reason for opting to instead accept an offer to join Gold Coast.
“We probably had just about chosen St Kilda. It just seemed like the logical choice to move from Geelong to Melbourne.
“But having met Stuart Dew, the coaching staff, some of the players and the support staff, and them telling us the direction they wanted to go and the role they see me playing, we couldn’t have been more impressed.”
Plenty of fresh faces
After a disappointing 2018 campaign, like many previous years it was inevitable there would be change in the off-season at the Suns both on-field and off.
Tom Lynch and Steven May were the most high profile players that departed. But the coaching staff also saw an overhaul with a host of changes.
Josh Francou and Tate Kaisler joining from Adelaide while also adding Josh Drummond, Tim Clarke and Andrew Swallow to the coaching ranks.
It was painfully obvious with both the quality and quantity of players who have exited the club in recent years, that players with AFL experience were desperately needed to plug some holes on the list.
Jordan Murdoch will be joined by former Cats teammate George Horlin-Smith at the new look Suns as well as Jack Hombsch, Anthony Miles and Corey Ellis.
Setting the standard
Expectation is not high in 2019 after a 17th placed finish last season. But becoming a competitive and cohesive unit will need to be the starting point for Stuart Dew.
The additions of Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine and Ben King in the draft are exciting prospects that will play senior football this year. But many of the experienced players will have important leadership roles to play.
List manager Craig Cameron revealed this was one of the reasons Jordan Murdoch was brought into the club.
“He is a man of great character. He has experience in a strong program at Geelong. And will help to drive the professional standards here at the club.”
Having good people and structures in place is the first step in the rebuilding process. Surely the only way is up for Gold Coast.